- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Police officers from the Metra commuter railroad will be enforcing traffic laws at crossings next week as part of a statewide rail safety awareness push.

Last year, 79 people were injured or killed near rail crossings in Illinois and 48 were injured or killed while trespassing on railroad property.

The northeast Illinois commuter railroad is the largest in the country by miles of track.

Director and Chief Executive Don Orseno is urging pedestrians and drivers to look both ways and expect a train from either direction.

During the week of enforcement actions, Metra police will issue warnings and citations to those found illegally crossing the tracks when the gates are down.

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